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Fireworks and pets

Loud noises such as thunderstorms and fireworks can be traumatic for pets. While fireworks may seem far away from our own backyards, our pets, with their heigthened sense of hearing, may still be nervous about unexpected noise.  

Annually, fireworks being set off on New Year’s Eve have a devastating effects on the pets we love, with shelters like The Lost Dogs’ Home being left to pick up the pieces.  Some Top Tips from the home include:

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Cat scratching post from Best Friends

Scratching posts and scratching furniture will keep to your feline friend healthy and strong. 

Scratching posts are particularly important for indoor cats, who without exercise and motivation to play can become lazy and over-weight. 

Having a cat scratching post will:

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Toys can greatly enhance a dog’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. The best type of dog toys are entertaining, engaging, safe, durable and appealing to the individual dog.

Benefits of dog toys

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Dental Health Month at Best Friends and Our Vet
At Our Vet, we know that happy pets have healthy teeth & gums.
 
Even more than humans, dogs and cats need proper dental care. Unfortunately our 4 legged friends are unable to brush their teeth, this means that the responsibility for their dental care lies with their human companion.  
 
How to maintain your pet's teeth and gum care
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Thinking of trying a new food for your pet?

At Best Friends, we know that we can find the right food that your pet will love.

Our team will help you transition your pet onto their new diet, and if they don't like it, we'll give you your money back and help you find something they love!

That's right - bring back at least 50% of the bag and your receipt and it's free.  That's our Great Taste Guarantee.

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Preventing Resource Guarding

Some young puppies are prone to guarding behaviour because they have had to compete with their littermates for limited amounts of food. Teaching your puppy to eat when you are around will prevent aggressive food guarding later on in life.

How to prevent food guarding:

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Dogs learn quickly in their first year of life, and what they experience will shape their behaviour through adulthood. Because of this, it's important that you educate yourself to give your puppy the best start possible.

Before bringing the puppy home, check that your home and yard are secure and free of hazards like toxic chemicals, compost, old bones or other small chewable objects.

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Socialisation For Puppies

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Chewing and Teething

Chewing is a way for your puppy to explore his world but is also often a result of teething. Between the ages of 2 and 7 months, your puppy loses his baby teeth and they are replaced with his permanent set of adult teeth. Teething puppies can be a big source of frustration for their owners. 

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Vaccinating and Desexing Your Puppy

Vaccination

Puppies are vulnerable to illness as their immune system develops, so vaccination is a must. The recommended vaccination schedule for puppies starts at 6-8 weeks of age. There are then one or two booster vaccinations in subsequent weeks.

The vets at Best Friends recommend annual booster vaccinations to provide the best protection throughout the life of your dog.

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